Short History of the Beaches in Barcelona
It is interesting to know the development of this important part of Barcelona tourism. There are two Barcelona, one before and the other after the Olympic Games of 1992. Before the Olympics, Barcelona city almost ignored its privileged location at the Mediterranean Sea coast. It was turning its back on the sea!
The Olympics were the main reason to undertake a significant transformation of Barcelona city. Some of these changes were applied to turn the city around and make it face the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to this concept and to the vast amount of money necessary to turn this project into reality, a clean-up procedure of the beaches and sea water became necessary. As a result of it, today you benefit of clean, beautiful and enjoyable beaches.
Since most European cities are taking serious care of the environment, Barcelona is no exception. The beaches and sea water are under continuous cleaning procedures. It is a quality improving measure for an important part of Barcelona tourism. Is it clean enough for swimming? Yes, of course. You can relax in the sun, swim, take your best beach photos and enjoy!
Attractions and Things To Do at the Beaches
Below you will find a description of the sports activities and facilities available for each of the beaches, which is indeed limited. Besides the traditional activities that you can do at the beach, there are a bunch of other things to do that you may want to enjoy. You can buy tickets for fun water sports like kayaking and paddle boat, high-speed boat, or take a windsurf lesson.
You may also want to enjoy some famous attractions near the beaches in Barcelona as well as those beaches close to Barcelona, and buy tickets for attractions like Illa Fantasia Water and Theme Park, PortAventura Aquatic Park, and others.
There is a major hub at the beaches in Barcelona, which is the Olympic Port (Port Olimpic). Here you will find a lot of excellent restaurants, the Casino of Barcelona, and one of the best areas in the city to enjoy of Barcelona nightlife. You can buy nightclub tickets to get free entry to 23 top clubs in Barcelona and enjoy the city's nightlife.
Other options to live Barcelona nightlife after a beach day, are live shows or concerts. You can buy tickets for concerts and shows like a Spanish Guitar Concert at Palau de la Musica, or if you prefer, for an unforgettable Flamenco show.
How To Get To The Beaches? - Recommended Options
Even when a couple of beaches in Barcelona can be reached by walking from downtown, it may take 40 minutes or more. During a hot summer day, it may be not a good idea, especially if you are going with children. To avoid any uncomfortable walk, you have enough public transit options at your disposal, like Bus, Metro, and even Tram.
You may consider to buy a transportation ticket or pass that not only gives you access to free public transport, but also allows you to get free visits, free tours, and lots of discounts for shops, restaurants, and other activities. This pass is called Barcelona Card and is certainly a big saver that we recommend when you visit Barcelona. It covers all public transit inside the zone 1, which includes all Barcelona city and a little beyond, like BCN El Prat Airport, and some beaches near Barcelona.